CHARD Core Values.
The organization and its members shall operate and abide by the following core values
- MUTUAL RESPECT, requiring them to recognize the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity;
- EQUITY AND JUSTICE, requiring them to team work to ensure equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, colour, class, ethnicity, disability, location or religion;
- HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY, being accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of their actions and open in their judgments and communications with others;
- SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR, POWERLESS AND EXCLUDED, shall be the only bias in their commitment to fight against poverty;
- COURAGE OF CONVICTION, requiring them to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure- in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the cause of poverty;
- INDEPENDENCE & CONFIDENTIALITY, from any religious or party-political affiliation;
- HUMILITY, in their presentation and behavior, recognizing that they are part of a wider alliance against poverty.
The principles of CHARD shall be:
- Accountability: Combining responsibilities with rights so that those who make decisions are also responsible for them
- Respecting Diversity: Taking into account national and regional contexts and the individual natures and characteristics of members.
- Mutual Respect for decision-making at each level: All locations of defined responsibilities between the national and the states organizations as described in and guaranteed by, this constitution and its regulations, recognizing the self-governing nature of members, while respecting the appropriateness of national governance and action where this is in the collective interest.
- Significant of autonomous decision-making at each level of the organization: Recognizing the strength and legitimacy of the national governance lies in its ability to act decisively according to the needs and interests of the larger organization, whilst ensuring that decision-making process lie as closely as possible to those affected by decisions.
- The principle of subsidiary: Ensuring that decision-making power should raise as closely as possible to those its affects, while preventing unilateral decisions that could adversely affect other members in/or the organization.
- Checks and balances: A system of power sharing through the devolution of authority and rights of members.
- Primary Strategic unit: The country unit is the primary strategic unit and national territory and autonomy are respected.
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